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General News · 18th December 2023
We raise our hands in tribute and thanks to Jessie Louie for sharing her language, stories of her childhood and cultural uses of forest plants. Jessie, with assistance from Georgina Silby, met the Cortes Island Academy students in the Children’s Forest for a language session on Ayajuthem (northern Coast Salish language) plant names and pronunciations.

Now, when you walk the School-to-Sea Trail, you will see 21 beautifully-illustrated interpretive plant signs with the Ayajuthem plant names mounted on cedar stakes donated by the Klahoose sawmill. This project was a collaboration between the Klahoose education programme, the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island and the Cortes Island Academy/Cortes School. Emote!